Veloster N gets you more bang for your buck

Ter­rific all-pur­pose sports car is thou­sands cheaper than any­thing re­motely close

StarMetro Halifax - - DAILY LIFE - Jim Ken­zie SPE­CIAL TO THE STAR

WILLOWS, Calif.—hyundai has been pretty suc­cess­ful re­cently rac­ing their i30, which is the Eu­ro­pean des­ig­na­tion for the Elantra sta­tion wagon.

Now, Hyundai Canada calls that car the “GT,” but if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck ...

This par­tic­u­lar duck came one-two in this year’s Pirelli World Chal­lenge series in the TCR class in North Amer­ica, helmed by Michael Lewis and Toronto’s own Mark Wilkins.

But the cor­po­rate mem­ory seems to have for­got­ten that Hyundai’s first rac­ing team any­where in the world was back home in Canada in the late 1990s. Jeff Lor­ri­man and yours truly raced first an Ac­cent (slow, but tough), then an Elantra sedan (very fast; sec­ond place in the cham­pi­onship), and fi­nally the Tiburon

sports coupe as part of a two-car team that came onetwo in our class for a few years.

Now comes an “N” ver­sion of the Veloster sport coupe that shares some of the oily bits with Elantra, and is sortof the spir­i­tual suc­ces­sor to the Tiburon, which means it

holds spe­cial in­ter­est for me per­son­ally.

The Veloster N is on sale now for late-this-year de­liv­ery, start­ing (and pretty much end­ing) at $34,999.

The base sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion Veloster was launched in early Jan­uary this year at the Detroit Auto Show, of­fi­cially

if some­what early as a 2019 model.

The N vari­ant ups the ante con­sid­er­ably, with a 275horse­power tur­bocharged

2.0-litre engine, a six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion — no slush­box is even of­fered, thank you very much — and sus­pen­sion and brakes that are as-near-as-damn-it-is-toswear­ing race-track-ready.

To the al­ready quirky­look­ing three-door (two fronts, one pas­sen­ger-side rear) body, the N adds a unique grille, front-end ducts to di­rect cool­ing air to the brakes, rocker panel ex­ten­sions for aero­dy­namic and frankly styling pur­poses, a roof-mounted rear spoiler, and a big dif­fuser for the twin­tailpipe ex­haust sys­tem, which strongly an­nounces your ar­rival.

In the go-faster de­part­ment we’ve al­ready men­tioned the pow­er­train. One ad­di­tional point — the com­pres­sion ra­tio of 9.5:1 is high for a turbo engine, promis­ing bet­ter throt­tle re­sponse than is typ­i­cal for turbo en­gines.

Veloster N is not only a ter­rific all-pur­pose sports car, it looks like a bar­gain, too.

Or­ders are al­ready pour­ing in; by the time you read this you might al­ready be too late. Read more of the re­view at thes­tar.com/au­tos

JIM KEN­ZIE/SPE­CIAL TO THE STAR

An­droid Auto, Ap­ple Carplay, heated seats and steer­ing wheel and a nice stereo sys­tem are all stan­dard equip­ment on the Veloster N.

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